It's His Time To Take The Lead

Q&a Curtis Adams, Glenelg, Lacrosse

April 26, 2009|By Sandra McKee | Sandra McKee,sandra.mckee@baltsun.com

A year ago, Curtis Adams was a junior on Glenelg's state championship lacrosse team. This season, he is the lone senior starter on an 8-2 team (7-1 in Howard County) and, according to his coach, Josh Hatmaker, providing the core leadership the Gladiators need to return to the state playoffs and, perhaps, another title.

"He has taken on a larger role, but he stays within himself," Hatmaker said. "He's got the most experience, having started on varsity for three years. He's played with some really great kids in the past who helped make him better, and now he's making these kids better. We value his actions, his demeanor and the way he handles adversity. Whether we're down or not, we can trust him to take the ball and be a leader."

Hatmaker said the midfielder, who is 18 and leads the team in scoring with 27 goals and two assists, is dynamic, able to move well with the ball and complements his ball movement with great stick handing and a great shot.

"He's very, very hard to cover, whether you're going to put a pole on him or not," the coach said. "He's very smart and sees the field and gaps. And where some kids wouldn't be able to drive those gaps, with his speed and athleticism, he is."

Adams has a 3.0 grade point average and plans to attend and play for Howard Community College for the next two years before deciding on a career move.

How long have you been playing lacrosse?

Oh, man. I don't remember. It was so long ago. I started because my older brothers, Brett and Mike, played at Glenelg, and I just followed in their footsteps.

Did you like it because they liked it, or was there something about it you liked?

I just always enjoyed it. Like, I played youth-league basketball, baseball, soccer, wrestling. I basically played everything but football, and I just liked lacrosse more than anything else, and I just dropped all those other sports. By then, I was in sixth or seventh grade and played lacrosse year-round in Howard County rec leagues.

What is it about lacrosse that you really enjoyed?

Now, I'm a senior. I start. We play under the lights. I like the adrenaline rush, the competition on the field. When I walk on the field, anything else that has been on my mind, anything that might have been bothering, me goes away.

Aren't those all things you could experience in any other sport?

It only happens when I walk on the lacrosse field. I just love to play the sport. It's just so much fun. I look forward to it every day. All my friends are on the team, and it's just a pleasure to play.

You're the only returning senior to this team. How different is the team from last year?

We lost our whole attack, our goalie, a whole line of defense and two people on our first line. It is different. Last year, everyone knew how to play the game. Everyone knew their spot and what to do at the exact time. We had a great offense, a great defense and a great goalie. It made practice and everything so much more fun. This year, the potential is there to win again, and we haven't played a bad game yet.

Did the guys who graduated help teach you the game?

Oh, yeah. I was on varsity as a freshman, and when I first got here from playing rec league, I didn't even know what coach Hatmaker was talking about ... and the competition was more difficult. I wasn't expecting it, and those guys, especially Josh Wynn and Ryan Dougherty, whenever I had problems or questions, they'd help me out.

Do you find yourself in a similar role this year?

I haven't thought that much about it. But I try to help my teammates out as much as possible. I try to pass the ball around, and I try to answer whatever questions they have. I don't tell them what to do. I don't boss them around. I just try to show them what to do by going out there and setting a good example by always trying hard.

What do you think the chances are that your team will go to the state playoffs?

Very high.

And win another championship?

Very high. I would be disappointed if we didn't win it. We won the title my sophomore year and my junior year. It would be disappointing not to do it this year, because I know we can do it. The talent is there, and all we have to do is go out and play the game.

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